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Report Waste, Fraud, & Abuse

REPORT FRAUD, WASTE, ABUSE, & MISMANAGEMENT TO THE FDIC OIG HOTLINE

The FDIC OIG maintains a Hotline through which individuals may report suspected fraud, waste, abuse, or mismanagement within FDIC programs, activities, contractor operations, or FDIC-regulated, and FDIC-insured financial institutions.

What Should be Reported?

The FDIC OIG reviews allegations of waste, fraud, or abuse related to the programs and operations of the FDIC.  This includes allegations of wrongdoing by FDIC employees and contractors, as well as allegations of criminal activity involving FDIC-insured banks, and whistleblower retaliation.  The following are examples of the types of matters that can be reported to the FDIC OIG Hotline:

  • An allegation concerning fraud, waste, abuse and/or mismanagement in FDIC programs and operations.
  • An allegation of criminal activity involving an FDIC-regulated and/or FDIC-insured bank.

  • An allegation of whistleblower retaliation, such as, a current or former FDIC employee, applicant for employment at the FDIC, or FDIC contractor subjected to retaliation because the individual made a protected disclosure regarding a violation of law, rule, or regulation, or gross mismanagement, a gross waste of funds, an abuse of authority, or a substantial and specific danger to public health or safety.

Complaints and Issues that Fall Outside the OIG Hotline

The FDIC OIG cannot:

  • Enforce banking rules or regulations,
  • Act as a legal advisor, or

  • Resolve or mediate disputes between individuals and the FDIC or its member banks.

The FDIC OIG is providing the information and links below in order to better assist in your efforts to resolve a complaint or allegation of wrongdoing which falls under the primary jurisdiction of another entity. 

  • Consumer complaints concerning financial products and services provided by an FDIC-insured bank may be reported to the FDIC Consumer Response Center
  • Consumer complaints related to financial products and services provided by non-bank financial institutions may be reported to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

  • Consumer complaints related to a Credit Union may be reported to the National Credit Union Administration. National Credit Union Administration Hotline

  • Complaints by FDIC employees, former employees, or applicants regarding discrimination on the basis of race, gender, ethnicity, religion, sexual preference, or protected activity may be reported to the FDIC’s Office of Minority and Women Inclusion. FDIC OMWI

  • Complaints by FDIC employees, former employees, or applicants about prohibited personnel practices or Hatch Act violations may be reported to the Office of Special Counsel. U.S. OSC

How Do I Contact the OIG Hotline?

You can contact the OIG Hotline via phone, mail, or through our online

  • Phone:  1-800-964-3342 / 1-800-964-FDIC
  • Write:
    FDIC Office of Inspector General Hotline
    3501 Fairfax Drive
    Room VS-D-9069
    Arlington, VA 22226

How Does the Hotline Work?

The FDIC OIG will create a record of the contact, and OIG staff carefully review each allegation to determine whether an investigation or other action can be pursued. We will contact you for additional information, if needed. In cases where the allegations are not within the purview of the FDIC OIG or the FDIC, the OIG will make every effort to redirect the matter to the appropriate entity.

Confidentiality Policy

The Inspector General Act of 1978 prohibits the OIG from disclosing the identity of any individual making a report of waste, fraud, and abuse through this Website without the consent of the individual, unless the Inspector General determines that such a disclosure is unavoidable during the course of the investigation. Individuals reporting fraud, waste, or abuse through this Website are not required to provide personally identifying information. However, the OIG may be limited in its ability to fully evaluate the allegations submitted if they are submitted anonymously and the OIG is unable to follow up with additional questions.

An individual who contacts the FDIC OIG Hotline via the website can report information openly, confidentially, or anonymously.

  • Open reporting:  You voluntarily provide us your identifying information (name, address, etc.) when filing the online submission form.  You consent to disclosure of your identity as necessary for the OIG to evaluate and take action on the complaint.  
  • Confidential reporting:  You provide us your identifying information (name, address, etc.) when filing the online submission form, but request that we not disclose your identity outside of the FDIC OIG.  The OIG will evaluate and take action on the complaint to the extent possible without disclosure of your identity. However, the Inspector General may determine that disclosure of your identity is unavoidable during the course of the investigation, or we may be required by law or court order to disclose your identity.  

  • Anonymous reporting: You opt not to provide any identifying information (name, address, etc.) in the online submission complaint. The OIG will not have knowledge of your identity and therefore will not disclose your identity.  You acknowledge that anonymous reporting may limit the ability of the OIG to evaluate and take action on the complaint.

Whistleblower Protection from Retaliation

The Inspector General Act and other federal laws prohibit reprisal actions against FDIC employees who make a complaint or disclose information to the Inspector General. If you have made a disclosure to the OIG and have been retaliated against, contact the OIG Whistleblower Protection Coordinator:

       Office of Inspector General
       Whistleblower Protection Coordinator
       3501 N. Fairfax Drive
       Arlington, VA 22226

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OIG Hotline Flyer

For your information and use: Select the link below for a downloadable pdf version of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation Office of Inspector General Hotline flyer.

To obtain additional hard copies of this flyer, contact the webmaster. In your email, please explain your need for the flyer, the quantity, mailing address, and a phone number for us to contact, if necessary.